A student’s request has gone viral after asking former U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver a “national commencement address” for the class of 2020 after high school and college graduation ceremonies throughout the world have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It all started on Tuesday when a student identifying himself as Lincoln took to Twitter to make the request.
“Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation,” the tweet reads. “In an unprecedented time, it would give us great comfort to hear your voice. We ask you to consider giving a national commencement speech to the class of 2020.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the message had been retweeted more than 21,000 times and received over 100,000 likes.
In addition, several celebrities supported the cause, including Rosie O’Donnell, Holly Robinson Peete, “The Good Doctor” star Richard Schiff, “Daily Show” correspondent Ashley Nicole Black and “Westworld” star Jeffrey Wright.
When a Twitter user tried to throw some shade on Obama, Wright quickly shut it down.
According to People, a source for the former POTUS says that Obama and his team “are flattered but don’t yet have any response.”